John Tilley http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky House Committee Considering Expansion of Domestic Violence Protections http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-house-committee-considering-expansion-domestic-violence-protections <p>A bill that would extend domestic-violence protection to dating partners is being taken up Wednesday by members of a Kentucky House committee.</p><p><a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/hb8.htm" target="_blank">House Bill 8</a> received an endorsement Tuesday night by Governor Steve Beshear, who spoke in favor of the bill during his “State of the Commonwealth” address. Supporters have been trying to get such legislation passed since 2007.</p><p>Kentucky House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Tilley of Hopkinsville sponsored a bill last year that died without receiving a floor vote.</p><p>Tilly is again sponsoring legislation this session that would allow dating partners to obtain domestic violence protective orders. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:22:58 +0000 Kevin Willis 42167 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmaker Wants "Brighter Line" on How Companies Can Use Eminent Domain http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lawmaker-wants-brighter-line-how-companies-can-use-eminent-domain <p></p><p>The chairman of the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee says he is pre-filing legislation that seeks to make clear that Kentuckians are free from the unregulated use of eminent domain.</p><p>Hopkinsville Democrat John Tilley says the issue should be clarified in light of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. The proposed natural gas liquids pipeline would stretch from Pennsylvania to Louisiana, and cut through an estimated 13 Kentucky counties, including Breckinridge, Hardin, Larue, Meade, and Nelson.</p><p>Some landowners in counties along the proposed pipeline route have expressed concerns that the company would seek to use eminent domain laws to seize their land.</p><p>Rep. Tilley said in a news release issued by his office that the bill he has pre-filed will “strive to maintain the proper balance between those rights and economic development when it comes to safely transporting fossil fuels.”</p><p>"I believe the state needs to paint a brighter line on how pipelines like this are built and where they can be located."</p><p>The bill would put the Public Service Commission in the role of gatekeeper if those constructing pipelines can’t reach agreement with private landowners. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:32:42 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 37118 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmaker Wants "Brighter Line" on How Companies Can Use Eminent Domain